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'Boo' Therapy Could Relieve Your Stress and Anxiety

By Stephen R. Farris

If you suffer from stress and anxiety, then you might consider a night on the sofa with a little "boo" therapy. 

Sounds a little weird, doesn't it? But recent research indicates that watching scary movies could help relieve your stress and feelings of anxiety.

Every day we're faced with certain things in life that can lead to stress and trigger anxiety. The sad part is, most of those things don't go away overnight. For instance, if you're behind on bills and possibly out of work, that kind of stress doesn't disappear overnight and can weigh heavily on your mind day-in, day-out. Especially if you feel there's no end in sight.

Other factors could include problems at home, difficulties at work or school, and life in general. Heck, when you have a vehicle that constantly breaks down, making you late to places you need to be can bring on stress and anxiety, because you are constantly thinking, "What am I going to do now?" Been there, done that too many times myself, I'm afraid.

So now you're probably wondering how watching scary movies has anything to do with relieving stress and anxiety. Well, it's knowing that (depending on which scary movie you're watching) the main character usually prevails at the end of the show, by overcoming and facing what their fear is -- usually the monster or ghostly being that is haunting them. 

In a way, this can transpire to our everyday life, if you stop and think about it. 

  • Bad things happen - Also known as the monster in the movie
  • It scares us - This is the situation we are faced with, the reality of what stresses us
  • We overcome - When the character (us) realizes they have to do something, they battle back against the monster or ghost, and for the most part, conqueror their fears

According to a quote from a research article on the subject, "feeling fear in a safe place can be a big relief." While our problems may scare us, sitting at home -- where we feel safe -- and watching someone else face somewhat bigger problems or situations than our own, kind of makes us forget about those things that are causing our stress and anxiety issues.

So the next time you're feeling stressed or anxious, check out the horror genre on your favorite streaming app, or visit one of those movie boxes at your local grocery or convenience store. It might be the relief you've been needing.  

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Clarksville, Tenn.

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